The Big Pedal 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Get set… we’re taking part in The Big Pedal 2017, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

The challenge is on Friday 31st March. It’s free to enter and we would love everyone to be involved.

The details…

Schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. Our grand total as a school will determine our final position in the challenge. We’ll be competing against other schools right across the UK, and if we clock up the most bike and scooter journeys we’ll win! 

Why are we taking part?

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling to school on their bikes and scooters. We will be competing to become one of the UK’s top schools for two-wheeled journeys and will be in with a chance to win prizes including bike and scooter stunt shows and fantastic cycle and scooter storage. 

What’s next?

All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle or scoot to school this Friday and join them on their way – parent and sibling journeys count too!

For more information about the event go to

Enjoy the ride!

Thank you for your continued support

Chris Wood                                                     Miss D Barker

Sports Coach                                                  Head of School


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Newsletter March 2017

Newsletter March 2017

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School Holiday Dates…

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Dear Families

For your information, here are the holiday dates for the rest of the school academic year 2016-2017. All dates are inclusive.

  • Easter Holidays Saturday 8th April 2017 – Monday 24th April 2017
  • May Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017
  • Spring Bank Half Term Holiday Saturday 27th May 2017 – Sunday 4th June 2017
  • Summer Holiday Friday 21st July 2017 – Tuesday 5th September 2017 

Below is a break-down to explain the holiday dates shown above:

  • Friday 7th April 2017: Last day of Spring Term 2
  • Monday 24th April 2017: INSET day School closed to children
  • Tuesday 25th April 2017: First day of Summer Term 1
  • Monday 1st May 2017: Bank Holiday School Closed
  • Friday 26th May 2017: Last day of Summer Term 1
  • Monday 5th June 2017: First day of Summer Term 2
  • Friday 21st  July 2017: Last day of Summer Term 2. Early Finish at 1:30pm.
  • Monday 4th September 2017: INSET day school closed to children
  • Tuesday 5th September 2017: INSET day school closed to children
  • Wednesday 6th September 2017: First day of Autumn Term 1 2017


Please take note that there is a change to an INSET day communicated on our Term Date Cards previously circulated. To confirm, school will now be open on Wednesday 4th January 2017 and closed on Monday 24th April 2017.

If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to contact me here at school.

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Dear parents and carers,

On behalf of the Bank End and Hunningley Primary School Governors, I would like to inform you that both schools will close two days earlier than initially planned at the end of the summer term. The schools will close on Friday 21st July. The decision to close has not been taken lightly and made for the following reasons:

  1. Both Horizon and Barnsley Academy will be closed and therefore all Y6 children are expected to return to their primaries. Last year this was the case and only two children returned meaning that 70 children had unauthorised absences for two days.
  2. To support building and maintenance work being done in both schools.
  3. To give staff additional training

In order to give you advance notice of school closure dates for 2017/2018 on the reverse of this letter there are the dates for the Barnsley School Holidays. Additional school closure days for staff training will be:

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September 2017
Friday 22nd December 2017
Monday 4th June 2018
Monday 23rd July 2018

Please put these in your diary or on your calendar.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Nic Thorpe
Executive Headteacher-The Bank End and Hunningley Partnership

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Red Nose Day

Friday 24th March is Red Nose Day. Children are invited to dress all in red and pay £1 to raise money for Red Nose Day. We will be holding a red nose sale in the school hall on Thursday 23rdMarch where children can purchase a red nose for £1, one per child. Please come to the school hall from 3:15pm on this day if you wish to purchase one.


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This week in Early Years …

…we have helped Farmer Mac find his cows and fix his roof! The children are always so enthusiastic to help others and it is a pleasure to see them solve the problems they find.
Children have been busy creating for Mother’s Day also this week and we talked about the special people in their lives during a circle time. Children had the opportunity to create cards, presents and photos to share with their loved ones using their fine motor skills.
On Friday we all enjoyed the dress down day to raise money for Comic relief. Some of the red outfits were amazing, what a great effort from families! Thank you. Take a look at some of the great designs created for children’s ideas of their own red noses.

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Red Nose Day…

Year 4 had a brilliant day today raising money for Comic Relief by wearing red and buying some very funny red noses! We even managed to wear them while we did our maths work this morning! The children enjoyed a nose related quiz and showed some great team work skills ! Well done to Team A, your prizes will be waiting for you on Monday morning!

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Journalistic Writing

Our class novel, in Year 6, is ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. Within the story, an incident occurs that is very exciting and dramatic. After hearing this part of the story, we decided to report on the incident and write a newspaper report.  Our writing has many journalistic features and even looks the part with the headline and layout.


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Superstar and Attendance Star

Our Superstar…

Dear Riley

It is with great pleasure that I am writing you this this very special letter, you have been chosen for this week’s super star and you should be really proud of yourself.

I have chosen you this week because you have really impressed me with your stories, my favourite was the one about tweety bird. Not only did you make your own tweety bird puppet but you went away and wrote your own story.

Well done Riley you are a true super star, keep up the superb work and amazing attitude to learning. Best wishes Miss Newton and the Reception team.

Attendance star…


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This week in Reception…

…we have been helping Farmer Mac; who has not had a very good week. First he lost his cow, next he had a leak in his barn and then his barn blew down in the wind. The children have loved helping him out and designed some new barn ideas. Let’s hope he has a better week; next week. 

Just to finish us off for the week i’d like to wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day from everybody in Reception.


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Nurture Update 

This week in Nurture, we have continued our ‘Watch Us Grow’ topic by discussing how we have changed since being a baby. We came up with lots of brilliant ideas and some of us have written up our fantastic work in best. We also thought that you’d like to see how our Cornflowers have grown since planting the seeds 4 weeks ago. We’ve done a great job of looking after them. On Friday, we not only celebrated Red Nose Day but we also celebrated one of our Nurture group members transitioning back to class. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so, so proud.


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Year 4 had an amazing time on World Book Day.

We had so many wonderful costumes, thank you parents for really getting involved and helping us to make it such a wonderful day. We have been looking at the story of Cinderella this week and spent World Book Day learning and acting out the story ourselves. There were some very funny ugly sisters! I didn’t know we had such acting talent in Year 4! Watch out for them at the Oscars in a few years time!




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Year 4 have had a fantastic time during Science Week.

 We have taken part in a scientific experiment in conjunction with the BBC to see if warm water freezes quicker than cold water. The results surprised some of us! On Thursday we had a visit from Dr Rawlinson who helped us understand more about the human body with some excellent models and amazing iPad software and t-shirts. Lots of learning and fun was had by all!

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This week in Reception …

The children had hands on experience combining movement to music. We used the Write Dance approach and method, which provides movement opportunities so children can develop the physical skills needed to develop their handwriting skills. The movement is driven by the music and the underlying principle is enjoyment to build confidence. This weeks song of choice to inspire our movements was the The Blue Danube composed by Johann Strauss.

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Science week 2017

This week in early years we have thoroughly enjoyed Science week 2017!
With letters from Professor Polly, the newly qualified scientist, the children have become engrossed in their experiments, learning lots of new vocabulary and taking part in different writing experiences to record their findings. Floating and sinking, melting ice, growing without soil are just some of the things children have experienced this week. Encourage your child to tell you all about Professor Polly and what challenge they enjoyed this week, see if you can spot some of the things they have learned together at BankEnd.
We were very impressed by all the entries to our whole school aeroplane challenge, so thank you to parents for getting your children involved!

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This week has been science week and as well as a visit from a real scientist (Professor Stirling), we also became scientist ourselves. In Y3 we had to produced an aeroplane that would glide along the playground and go the furthest. We also had a competition for the most creative In our classroom we have been looking at the inside of daffodils and were able to use magnifying glasses to get a better look. 

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Science Week in Year One

This week we have loved celebrating Science Week. We started the week by making jam sandwiches for the tiger’s tea as a literacy hook. We discussed the importance of washing our hands when handling food. We later set up our science investigation about how bacteria can effect our food. We all touched one slice of bread and put it in a sealed bag. The next slice was only touched by one person after they had washed their hands with soap and water. The final slice was transported from the bread bag to its investigation bag using a clean gloved hand. We checked the bread each day to see if anything has happened. Nothing so far but watch this space! Thursday was an exciting day as we took part in the science challenges. Some of us made paper planes and decorated them at home to enter the creative competition while the majority of us made a paper plane which we hoped would travel the farthest. We loved flying our planes and watching how far they went. We will be using the information from this challenge next week in our maths learning. Well done to everyone for taking part and a huge congratulations to our year one winners!

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